Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Setting up the perfect squat!

I can't stand when I'm at Maxximum and I see someone doing an improper squat; it drives me BATTY! When your form and technique is wrong, your not achieving the full benefits of the exercise. Here are some tips for the perfect squat.

  • Stand with feet slightly wider than hip width apart, slightly, NOT sumo;
  • Make sure the barbell is placed on the meaty part of your traps, NOT on your spine;
  • Hold barbell in hands, lightly and start thinking about the descend (Visualize that there is a chair behind you that you are trying to sit down and back onto);
  • As you go back and down, keep the weight in your heels and make sure to NOT let your knees come past your toes (as you come down, its a count of 2);
  • Make sure you come low enough that your thighs are parallel to the floor and that you are still placing the weight in the heels, DO NOT LET YOUR HEELS COME UP!
  • Once you reach parallel, press evenly and fluidly back to the start position through your HEELS, NOT TOES (come up to a count of 1 but fluid not jerky).
Coming nice and deep in the squat will really target those quads (upper thigh) and glutes (buttock). Pay close attention to your form and you'll have an amazing ASSets!

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